Every year Bestival takes over Newport’s Robin Hill Country Park on The Isle of Wight to bring a weekend of music and attractions to the crowd of well over 50,000 visitors.
Bestival has in the past won a whole host of awards including The UK Festival Awards ‘Best Medium Festival’ for 4 consecutive years, as well as the UKs ‘Best Major Festival’ in 2010 and 2012. Curated by Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank with his wife and partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved, Bestival has been bringing eclectic live music acts and DJ’s to the Isle of Wight since back in 2004.
The Castle Stage
The xx / A Tribe Called Quest / Pet Shop Boys / Justice / Dizzee Rascal / Little Dragon / Rag'n'bone Man / Danny Brown / Laura Mvula / Soul II Soul / Mnek / Circa Waves / Ray BLK / Stefflon Don / Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit / The Cuban Brothers / Nadia Rose / Karaoke Glitter Rave / Purple Rave Orchestra (Prince Tribute) / Bestival Brass Band / Weymouth Ukuleleans
Jamie T / DJ Shadow / Kurupt FM / Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon / DJ Yoda / Lucy Rose / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Formation / Let’s Eat Grandma / Hackney Colliery Band
Annie Mac / Andy C Presents 25 Years Of Ram / Maceo Plex / Jackmaster / Kölsch / Agoria / Dusky / Patrick Topping / Solardo / Jasper James / Avalon Emerson / Barely Legal
David Rodigan Presents Ram Jam / Toddla T’s Bestival Carnival / Teklife Showcase / Midland / Sam Gellaitry / Shanti Celeste / Job Jobse
U-Roy / Trojan Sound System / Nice Up! Presents: Daddy G, Star.One, Shepdog, Ghost Writerz
Sink The Pink / Buttmitzvah / Hard Cock Life
The Frozen Mole
Artwork Presents Art’s House / Purple Rave / Cirque Du Soul
Craig Charles' Funk N Soul Club / South London Soul Train
47soul / The Turbans / My Baby / New York Brass Band / Flamingods / Swing Patrol / Fandjango
The Ska Vengers / Smoove And Turrell / K.O.G. And The Zongo Brigade / Kuenta I Tambu
Mixmaster Morris / Pete Gooding / Chris Coco
Cut A Shine / The Rising
It's Not All About The Music...
The World's Biggest Confetti Canon / Castle Fireworks Finale! / Love-Bot / The World's Biggest Bouncy Castle / Bestival Inflatable Church / Confetti Wedding Disco / The Feast Collective / Slow Motion Revolution Rides / Carnival Day Parade / Night Parades / Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus / Sunday Best Cardboard Record Shop / Lost In The Woods / Free Haircuts / Kids Field / Flags By Angus Watt
Bestival now spreads over many areas that are given enigmatic names like Stardust Field, which is where the main stage is located, Temple Island and the Ambient Forest. These are the locations for all of Bestival’s many stages, areas and sideshows that make up and complete the weekend. Over the years there has been a large roster of live music acts and a ton of world renowned DJ’s who have performed at Bestival. Some of the most notable performances come from the likes of Basement Jaxx, Röyksopp, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Orbital.
As well as a forward thinking music policy, there are also a huge number of other areas and attractions at Bestival that are spread over the festival arena. Located in all corners of each section of the festival, these areas offer a huge array of impromptu opportunities, which might include water slides, giant scrabble, fireworks, the wall of death, bandstands, tea rooms and a host of other activities. This shedload of exciting attractions show that unlike many other festivals it is not all about the music at Bestival, however that doesn’t shadow the fact that the music you will hear at Bestival is some of the best in the world.